Pisces 1: A public market

T h e w o r d p ub li c me a n s “ p e r t a i n i n g t o t he p e op l e ” a n d d e s c e n d s f r o m t he L a t i n p u b l i c us a n d p op u l u s m e a n i n g “ p e o p le . ” 1 T h e w o r d ma rk et e n t e r e d t he E n g l i s h la n g u a g e i n t h e 1 2 t h c e n t u r y w i t h t h e se n s e o f " a meeting at a fixed time for buying a n d s e l li n g l i v e st oc k a n d p r o v i s i on s . " T hi s se n s e de s c e n d s f r o m t h e L a t i n m e rca tu s ( t r a d i n g , t r a d e , ma r k e t ) , merc a ri ( t o t r a d e , d e a l i n , b u y ) , a n d m e rx ( w a r e s, m e r c h a n d i se ) . TH EMES : T he w o r d s p u bli c a n d mar ket a re b ot h s y n o n y ms o f t h e n o u n AUD IE NCE w h e n t he l a t t e r i s d e f i n e d a s a “ g r o u p ob s e r vi n g a n e n t e rt a i n m e n t o r sp o r t i n g e v e n t . ” 2 O t h e r s y n o n y m s o f ‘a ud i e n c e ’ i n c l u d e a s s e m b l y, c on g r e g a t i o n , c r o w d , fa n s, f o l l o w i n g , g a t he r i n g , o n l o o k e r s, p a t r o n s , t u r n o u t , vi e w e r s, a n d w i t n e ss e s .

1 http://www.etymonline.com/index.php?search=public 2 http://thesaurus.com/browse/market Starling Hunter © 2011 1

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